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CIHEAM Bari Masters Scholarships for African students-Academic Year 2020-21 Deadline for application: September 30, 2020

CIHEAM Bari  Masters Scholarships for African students applications for CIHEAM Bari masters – Academic Year 2020-21 Deadline for application: September 30, 2020

 

CIHEAM Bari is glad to announce that online applications for AY 2020-21 Master Programmes will be open from 1st August to 30 September 2020. Programs and criteria for admission have just been published.

Our educational offer includes a Masters in:

 

Sustainable Water and Land Management in Agriculture

The Master Programme: One Academic Year  (60 ECTS)

The Master Programme provides a one academic year curriculum the main objective of which is to direct students towards professional and academic careers thereby promoting a sustainable use of land and water in agriculture, in view of important challenges that include water/land scarcity, population growth, climate change and correlated environmental and socio-economic repercussions. A major focus will be on the application of modern tools and technologies that combine agronomic, engineering, environmental and socio-economic aspects of land and water management in agriculture.

Candidates will attend theoretical and practical sessions aimed at framing land and water resources management within a sustainable development context of agriculture and food sectors. The programme presents basic principles and advanced topics of the latest scientific and technological achievements, challenges being debated for the best exploitation of resources and options for a sustainable management at farm and large-scale level. Irrigation systems and technologies are analysed based on technical, social, economic, and environmental issues, taking into considerations the application of innovative “green” management solutions.

Courses are addressed to graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, irrigation, agricultural engineering and socio-economic issues.

At the end of the programme, students will acquire the following skills and competencies:

  • Treat water management issues in the context of sustainability of agriculture and food systems taking into consideration the challenges of climate change, water resource scarcity, societal changes, food insecurity;
  • Manage the water resource in a variety of agroecosystems for land conservation and increase water use efficiency in the irrigation sector;
  • use a range of alternative water resources including saline and treated wastewater for irrigation purposes;
  • Plan and evaluate irrigation projects at farm and large-scale level to optimize water/land/nutrient use, based on societal/institutional aspects and economic criteria;
  • Use the latest tools and technologies for a sustainable management of water resources at different scales and in different agroecosystems.

 

The Master of Science Programme: Two Academic Years  (120 ECTS)

The Master of Science Programme provides a curriculum of two academic years curriculum for graduates holding the title of agricultural or hydraulic engineers.

Access to the second year is only guaranteed to students who have successfully completed the first year and have met all the prerequisites set by the Institute.

The 2nd year is based on the “problem solving” approach and research themes are derived from specific and relevant problems for which a practical technical solution is sought. Applied research themes and experimental works are developed. In a rigorous scientific framework, works are targeted to innovatory solutions that are feasible in the integrated land and water system they are designed for.

The main research topics for MSc theses are:

  • Eco-Efficiency analysis of irrigation;
  • Impact of treated wastewater use on the cropping pattern, irrigation management and hydraulic performance of irrigation network;
  • Generation of the discharge hydrograph in large scale irrigation systems;
  • Modernization of an on-demand pressurized irrigation system: Assessment of the flexibility impact on the cost effectiveness;
  • Formulation of a physically-based pedotransfer function to determine soil hydraulic parameters for an agro-hydrological model;
  • Energy and Hydraulic Performance-Based Management of Large-Scale Pressurized Irrigation Systems;
  • Actual soil erosion and sediment yield estimate in the Candelaro watershed of Apulia region in Italy using the G2 model;
  • Characterization, modeling and participatory simulations of water use and development of strategies for rural households and rural territories;
  • The impact of conversion from surface irrigation to drip irrigation on groundwater exploitation;
  • Combination of new sensor technologies, satellite navigation and positioning technology to manage irrigation, fertilisation and application of automated optical sensing to detect diseases undetectable by traditional means.

During the second year, some students will be guided towards PhD programmes jointly carried out by Italian Universities and CIHEAM Bari.

For further details, please download here the Information Sheet for 2020-2021 L&W Master and Master of Science Programmes.

 

 

Innovative Approaches for Integrated Pest Management of Mediterranean Fruit Crops

The Master Programme: One Academic Year  (60 ECTS)

The Master Programme provides a one academic year curriculum whose main objective is to prepare motivated students towards professional and academic careers that will promote integrated pest and disease management strategies for a sustainable intensification of arboriculture in the Mediterranean agroecosystems.

The Master Programme deals with the management of pests and diseases in arboriculture with a look towards agroecological and food systems. Students will learn about the ecological and epidemiological features of pests and pathogens, and how to apply innovative and smart tools for diagnosis, monitoring and management. IPM strategies will be introduced and analysed in depth for the main pests affecting the Mediterranean fruit crops. In addition, students will learn how to cope with the main risks related to emergent transboundary pests and diseases, and how to apply quarantine measures that can prevent and control their spread.

Courses are addressed to new graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, horticultural and plant protection issues.

At the end of the course students will know:

  • How to analyse and plan agroecosystems for a sustainable management of pests and diseases;
  • The range of products for pests and diseases control and their relevant regulations;
  • The tools for a rapid and timely diagnosis and monitoring of pathogens and pests affecting fruit crops;
  • How to solve farm problems by using diverse methods including farm biodiversity management, cultivars/graft combination choices, use of pesticides and biological control;
  • How to plan and implement IPM programmes for the main fruit crops, in different contexts;
  • How to organize and manage important preventive measures for pest and disease control, i.e. plant quarantine and certification programmes for plant propagating material.

The Master of Science Programme: Two Academic Years  (120 ECTS)

The second year is dedicated to scientific research related to a pest/pathogen of economic importance for the Mediterranean region.

Students who have successfully completed the first year and met all the prerequisites set by the Institute, carry out scientific research and draft a final thesis on an original topic related to a pest or pathogen of great interest for the Mediterranean region.  In particular, students build capacity and develop skills in:

  • Application of innovative field and/or laboratory techniques/methodologies/technical protocols relating to the research topic;
  • In-depth and critical analysis of research data;
  • Autonomy in work;
  • Teamwork;
  • Bibliographic search on English scientific material;
  • Preparation and presentation of a scientific paper.

The aim of the course is to promote the transfer of knowledge to and between the Mediterranean countries. The MSc thesis work can be carried out at CIHEAM Bari or at another Mediterranean scientific research institution. The scientific outcome of the research work is usually announced on the occasion of national and international conferences and/or published in scientific journals.

Topics of MSc theses on pests/pathogens of fruit and vegetable crops are to be chosen among the following research lines:

  • Sampling methodologies;
  • Pests monitoring, identification and management;
  • Pathogen detection, characterization and control;
  • Pest/pathogen epidemiology;
  • Remote sensing, GIS and Information technology applied in plant health;
  • Forecasting models for pests and diseases;
  • Detection and control of mycotoxins and pesticide residues.

During the second year, some students will be guided towards a PhD programme jointly carried out by Italian Universities and CIHEAM Bari.

For further details, please download here the Information Sheet for 2020-2021 IPM Master and Master of Science Programmes.

Mediterranean Organic Agriculture

The Master Programme: One Academic Year  (60 ECTS)

The Master programme provides a one academic year curriculum the main objective of which is to direct students towards professional and academic careers thereby promoting the development of organic agriculture, with an emphasis on Mediterranean contexts.

The programme proposes a holistic view of the organic sector development presenting theoretical and methodological approaches to sustain transition to organic agriculture through agroecological principles, and with a perspective of sustainable food systems development. The course provides deep insights into organic farming and food regulatory framework. Special emphasis is given to the range of on-farm technologies and practices to improve soil health and fertility and manage pests and diseases. Economic and marketing issues are also presented leading students through an understanding of food value chains sustainability.

Courses are addressed to graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, horticultural, agricultural marketing and socio-economic issues.

 

At the end of the course students will have the following skills and competencies:

  • Understand the importance of sustainable production and advocate for ecologically sound solutions at different levels;
  • Know the organic legislative and policy frameworks and be able to drive farms to a transition towards organic farming and agroecological principles;
  • Know how to produce safe, high quality and sustainable organic food;
  • Understand economic and market issues being able to analyse and design organic food value chains;
  • Facilitate multi-actors networking for the organic sector development;
  • Have expertise to assess agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas.

 

The Master of Science Programme: Two Academic Years  (120 ECTS)

During the second year, students who have successfully completed the first year and met all the prerequisites set by the Institute, draft a thesis based on experimental research work.

The scientific results derived from research work are usually announced on the occasion of national and international conferences and/or published in scientific journals.

Topics generally available for Master of Science theses in organic agriculture are:

  • Evaluating the impact of agricultural innovation on cropping systems and soil fertility management;
  • Innovative biocontrol measures;
  • Preventive and curative strategies to reduce the impact of new and emerging pests in Mediterranean climates;
  • Quality valorisation of organic food through novel food products;
  • Sustainability of agricultural and natural systems;
  • Economic and market research;
  • Socio-economic effects and impacts of support policies.

During the second year, some students will be guided towards PhD programmes jointly carried out by CIHEAM Bari and Italian Universities.

For further details, please download here the Information Sheet for 2020-2021 MOA Master and Master of Science Programmes.

 

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